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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 June 2018) . . Page.. 2082 ..

because you claimed you received too many reports. You seem to have had trouble reading reports and briefs in the past, minister, including a brief in October on health data issues which you did not read at all and a January brief on the same topic which you took several weeks to read. Minister, other than claims that you received too many direct reports, why did you advocate the restructure of ACT Health?

MS FITZHARRIS: Mrs Dunne either misread the question or I misheard Mrs Dunne’s question. It was not a matter of me receiving too many reports. I recall that the email from the FOI says the director-general made that comment. I have outlined fairly extensively, including in a ministerial statement, the reasons I recommended that ACT Health be separated into two organisations, and there has also been media coverage. I refer Mrs Dunne to all of those extensive previous statements.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why have you been so badly briefed in the past? How will this restructure of ACT Health improve the capacity to brief you well?

MS FITZHARRIS: I do not agree with the premise of the question. I refer Mrs Dunne to my previous answer today and to my extensive previous answers in this place that are also on the public record.

MR PARTON: Minister, what important briefs and reports will you now not read as a result of the restructure of ACT Health?

MS FITZHARRIS: That question does not make sense, so I will just leave it at that.


MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development. Minister, how will the 2018 budget make sure that all ACT families have access to a high quality local public school?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Orr for her question. We announced last week that the ACT will invest $47 million into building a new P-6 school in Molonglo. This will open in Denman Prospect in 2021. It will deliver on ACT Labor’s election commitment to provide education for families that are moving into this growing part of the ACT. The school will cater for 600 students between kindergarten and year 6, with spaces for 44 full-time equivalent preschool students and space for future growth.

The government will also undertake early planning and feasibility work for a future years 7 to 10 campus on this site to accommodate continued growth in Molonglo. This is in addition to the new Gungahlin school in Taylor which is already under construction, funded in the last ACT government budget.

The budget will also provide $9.2 million over four years to improve teaching in every classroom every day, as well as enabling continued development of long-term strategic reform. High quality school education relies on the teachers and the support staff in our schools. This government knows this and is dedicated to supporting quality teaching.

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